Construction Trades

Program/Enrollment Questions?
Call (440) 891-7732.

Construction trades teaches you how to maintain, repair, construct, and remodel buildings and homes in a real world, practical setting.  The program includes the fundamentals of blueprint reading, site preparation, and training in carpentry, plumbing, wiring, roofing, and drywall installation.  During the senior year students will build or repair actual buildings in the surrounding communities and take field trips to the different training centers in the area.

Credits

High School Credit Junior Year
Construction Trades: 2.5, Technology: .5, Algebra II: 1.0
Potential College Semester Hour Credit.

Program Resources

Current Program Fees:

Junior: $129.00
Senior: $112.00

Construction Trades 2014-2015 Advisory Members

Mr. Norm Althen, Season Contractors
Mr. Janos Bucsanyi, Iron Workers Local 17
Mr. Robert Cachat, Cachat Building Company Ltd.
Mr. William Cherry, Call Henry Inc.
Mr. Michael Clock, Clock Electric, Inc.
Mr. Ken Field, Cleveland Electrical Apprenticeship/Training Center
Mr. Joel Flagner, Fraley & Fox
Mr. Scott Giesler, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
Mr. Matt Haytas, Bowes Mill & Cabinet
Mr. William Hocevar, The Great Lakes Construction Company
Mr. John Kiczek, Kiczek Builders Inc.
Mr. Michael Pietraroia, Cuyahoga Community College

Teacher: Thomas Fazio

Email: tfazio@polaris.edu
Education:
BS, The University of Akron
Masters, Kent State University
Certifications: Certified to teach carpentry; construction design and building; and drafting occupations
Years at Polaris: 17
Industry Experience: 1-1/2 years as a draftsman; 18 years as a carpenter
Interests/Hobbies: Water skiing, snow skiing, sailing, hiking, traveling and spending time with my family

Skills

  • Carpentry
  • Floor, wall, and roof framing
  • Stair building
  • Material estimating
  • Wiring
  • Wiring basic circuits
  • Drawing and reading schematics
  • Plumbing
  • Fundamentals of the drain, waste, and vent system
  • Fundamentals of the potable water system
  • Fundamentals of the storm water/foundation drainage system
  • Practical shop activities in the following areas:
  • Drywall
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Door and window installation
  • Overview of the concrete and masonry trades
  • Blueprint reading
  • Related mathematics
  • Personal, shop, and work-site safety practices

Equipment

  • Power drills
  • Saber saw
  • Transit
  • Jointer
  • Planer
  • Table saw
  • Radial arm saw
  • Power miter saw
  • Pneumatic tools

Career Options

  • Carpenter
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Roofer
  • Drywall installer
  • Maintenance worker in schools, industry, hospitals, etc.
  • Union/non-union apprentice

Future Opportunities with Further Education

  • Company owner
  • Professional builder
  • Estimator
  • Construction foreman
  • Construction superintendent
  • Construction manager
  • Building inspector
  • Building manager
  • Architect/engineer
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